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ONJ Forever: A Flashback Tribute to Olivia Newton-John w/ performer John Cantwell AKA Love Connie

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Release Date: 08/24/2022

Actress Julie Hagerty (A Christmas Story Christmas, Airplane): “Thank God For My Hair” show art Actress Julie Hagerty (A Christmas Story Christmas, Airplane): “Thank God For My Hair”

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis visits the L.A. home of actress Julie Hagerty to talk about her role in the new holiday movie A Christmas Story Christmas, which is currently streaming on HBO Max. Julie talks about how she came to be in the film, shooting in Bulgaria for three months, snatching food from her hotel to feed the local stray dogs and bonding with star and producer Peter Billingsley. Julie shares her own holiday memories of growing up in Ohio; the Baby Dear doll she desperately wanted, the holiday-time casseroles she still can’t get enough of and that time her older brother tied her to a chair on...

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DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined via Zoom by Tazmanian-born dancer and choreographer Locky Brownlie to discuss the sexy new show he’s choreographing, emceeing and dancing in, Bro-lesque, which debuts Friday, November 18th at Strip nightclub in Costa Mesa, CA and which he describes as Cabaret meets “Magic Mike for the gays.” He also talks about discovering dance as a child and sticking with it even though he was often picked on for it. He also shares stories about touring with some of the biggest pop stars in the world, including Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry—twice! He also talks about...

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DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

In the wake of the sudden passing of actor Leslie Jordan, Dennis revisits this interview he conducted with Leslie in his Los Angeles apartment on October 28, 2014. In it, Leslie discusses his one-man show "Fruit Fly" which was returned to the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Renberg Theater that December. Leslie talks about show's origins, the theme of a gay man and his mother and the pain of revisiting his father’s tragic passing in a plane crash.  Leslie also tells wonderful and outrageous stories about his Emmy night turned nightmare, how his Emmy for "Will and Grace" got damaged, the...

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DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined via Zoom by David Goldyn, writer-director of the play Daddy Issues, as well as three actors from the current Los Angeles production, James Siefert, Josh Nadler and Jonathan Fishman. The foursome join Dennis for a rollicking and revealing game of You Don’t Know My Life! featuring these questions: WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU DID THAT YOUR PARENTS NEVER FOUND OUT ABOUT? And DESCRIBE AN EVENING YOU SPENT IN THE THEATER THAT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET. The answers run the gamut from shocking to hilarious to inspiring to possibly litigious. Other topics include: Josh doing drag for the...

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DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis connects via Zoom with author David Ambroz to discuss his memoir A Place Called Home, which David describes as “Forrest Gump meets Hillbilly Elegy with a heavy dose of Precious.” It documents his childhood, growing up homeless on the streets of New York City, struggling to survive with his mentally ill mother and two older siblings, then takes him through multiple group homes and foster families as a teenager, as well as a life-changing year abroad in Spain when he’s 17. He survives it all, goes onto college and eventually becomes an accomplished professional, working in community...

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Actor Bill Brochtrup (The Inheritance, NYPD Blue): “Your Greatest Role Is Ahead Of You” show art Actor Bill Brochtrup (The Inheritance, NYPD Blue): “Your Greatest Role Is Ahead Of You”

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined via Zoom by actor Bill Brochtrup, who is currently appearing the Los Angeles production of the Tony-winning play The Inheritance, which is described on the Geffen Playhouse’s website this way: “Eric and Toby are 30-somethings who seem to be very much in love and thriving. But on the cusp of their engagement, they meet an older man haunted by the past, and a younger man hungry for a future. Chance meetings lead to surprising choices as the lives of three generations interlink and collide—with explosive results.” Bill talks about how he came to be in the project, the...

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DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined via Zoom by actor Tony Rodriguez who voices the character of Marge’s Cuban-American hairdresser Julio on the iconic animated series The Simpsons. He tells the amazing story of how he got the role; by posting an unsolicited audition video on line on a lark. The producers saw it and within a week, Tony was on the Fox lot recording his first appearance. Tony also talks about how he first fell in love with performing, how improv helps him in his day-to-day life and how the landscape has changed recently in terms of gay and Latinx representation. Other topics include: what would...

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DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis connects via Zoom with actor Sam Pancake to discuss his show Pancakes from the Edge, which is loosely inspired by his obsession with the film Postcards From the Edge. He talks about meeting Shirley MacLaine and watching her rip into Richard Dreyfus for being late to reading. He also talks about his recent mainstream Hollywood projects like A Million Little Things, The Goldbergs and the upcoming Chris Pine film Poolman. He also tells the story of how he asked Chris Pine to come and play Burt Reynolds for one night in The Golden Girlz...and Chris said yes!  He also talks...

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DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis is joined via Zoom by author and blogger Matthew Rettenmund to talk about the brand new revised edition of his book Encyclopedia Madonnica, which is just like it sounds, a 700+ page guidebook for all things Madonna. He talks about the starting work on the first edition of the book back in 1995, what makes this new edition special, the process of choosing the photos and why he chose to make a hardcover edition for the first time. He also recalls his first exposure to Madonna, his massive collection of Madonna memorabilia, the multiple times he’s encountered her in person and the time...

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Dennis connects via Zoom with his lifelong friend Michelle Willis who in her three decades plus as a sweepstakes and contest enthusiast has won 787 different prizes, including trips, cash, meet-n-greets with celebrities like Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa, a zero gravity flight experience and an ugly holiday sweater, courtesy of Nutella. Michelle talks about how she first got bit by the contest bug back in her hometown of Holbrook, Arizona, when she and Dennis would listen to the Top 20 Countdown on the local radio station and try to win 45 rpm records, T-shirts and the best prize of all; pizzas...

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As a tribute to the late great Olivia Newton-John, Dennis revisits this conversation from early 2020 with performer John Cantwell on the eve of his ONJ inspired spectacular A Little More Love Connie. John recalls the road trip to Houston he took recently where he listened to Olivia's entire catalog and didn't repeat a song until he got to San Antonio. Then Dennis and John then discuss their favorite ONJ tracks, getting to meet her, the unique quality of her voice, mispronouncing the word Xanadu and the Grease vs. Grease 2 debate. Then Dennis and John take an online ONJ quiz and crush it. Other topics include: performing as Love Connie for the first time in front of family members, Slut Rock, reinvention, white girl scatting and his theory that as Love Connie, he's just doing what he did in his bedroom in 6th grade, singing along to ONJ with a hairbrush for a microphone...except now he's getting paid to go it.

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